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Posted by Skaytes on Jun-15-18 at 07:34 PM (Eastern)
Posted on Jun-15-18 at 07:34 PM (Eastern) by

I am on a limited income so watch every penny. I scan the ads and shop sales and use as much coupons with sales as I can. Make lists for each store and write what you are wanting there and if it has a coupon but "cpn" beside it..use a paper clip to clip your coupons to your list to take with you if you don't have a binder etc. Find out what time your local stores (usually in the early mornings) they put out marked down meat out. I NEVER buy marked down pork..can be 'iffy'..however beef hangs in lockers for months for a great steak at famous places etc. I always look to see what is marked down..get some great deals on that! I also try to stock pile things so I don't have to shop each week. Takes awhile to get ahead but I just did it a bit at a time till I got ahead and try to stay ahead. If I don't go in a store I am not tempted to buy stuff :)
Aldi's is great for a LOT of things...much cheaper than any regular grocery stores for vast majority of things. Again..check ads and you can check theirs a week ahead online as well. They don't take coupons but again most things are cheaper there anyway. I also want to say that Aldi's organic bananas last a LOT longer than regular ones whether you buy them there or elsewhere so I buy those when I go to Aldi as well.
I do go to Dollar General for my Angel Soft usually as I get get 12 pk for $5.00 and that is cheapest place around here to get it. They do take coupons as well. I have to buy that for septic tank...most anything else is too thick and doesn't break down well but we like it though so that's a plus.
Try to plan out your menu's for a couple weeks at a time once you get going. Use what you have on hand or what is one sale and you can really save a lot of money..just takes a bit of time and planning etc.
You can do a google and type in printable monthly meal planner templates as well as cook ahead for a month information. (things like lasagne and so forth make double batches and freeze ahead) I used to take a Sunday and just cook all day to get as much cooked and froze when my kids were growing up so that all I had to do was grab something from the freezer and cook it during the week since I worked such long hours. Sure helped alot! Fresh produce is coming in season can freeze that as well corn and zucchini etc.

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